b. 1985, Ife, Nigeria
Lives and works in New York, NY
"Where some may see flat, static narratives, I see a spectrum of tonal gradations and realities. What I am creating is literally black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink. I'm looking for that in-between state in an individual where the overarching definition is lost. Skin as geography is the terrain I expand by emphasizing the specificity of blackness, where an individual’s subjectivity, various realities and experiences can be drawn onto the diverse topography of the epidermis. From there, the possibilities of portraying a fully-fledged person are endless."
2012 MFA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2008 BA, University of Alabama in Huntsville
2007 Yale University, Norfolk Summer School of Music & Art, Norfolk, CT
AWARDS & GRANTS
2011 Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts, The San Francisco Foundation.
2010 Merit Scholarship, California College of the Arts
2008 Erzulie Veasey Johnson Painting & Drawing Award, University of Alabama in Huntsville
2007 Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship Grant, Yale University (Yale/Norfolk).
The Birmingham Museum of Art, AL
The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Peggy Cooper Cafritz
Bramowitz, Julie. "Toyin Odutola and the Public Struggle." Interview Magazine. Web. 3 December 2013. <http://www.interviewmagazine.com/art/toyin-odutola-the-constant-struggle>.
Mayer, Marc. "Artist Toyin Odutola's New Rendition." Asian Art Museum. Web. 30 August 2013. <http://blog.asianart.org/blog/index.php/2013/08/30/artist-toyin-odutolas-new-rendition>.
shakur, fayemi. "My Country Has No Name." IRAAA. Web. 13 August 2013. <http://iraaa.museum.hamptonu.edu/page/MY-COUNTRY-HAS-NO-NAME>.
Cole, Teju. "Modern Girls." Island Quarterly Magazine. Issue 133 (Winter 2013) AUS, illustrated. Web. 07 August 2013. <http://islandmag.com/articles/modern-girls/>
Byers, Allison. "Alumna Toyin Odutola: A Rising Star with Her Feet on the Ground." CCA News. Web. 18 July 2013. <https://www.cca.edu/news/2013/07/18/alumna-toyin-odutola-rising-star-her-feet-ground>.
Giniger, Alexandra. "My Country Has No Name: Interview with Toyin Odutola." Art Slant. Web. 15 July 2013. <http://www.artslant.com/ny/artists/rackroom/210181-toyin-odutola>.
Colucci, Emily. "Toyin Odutola Captures The Multitudes Within Our Skin." Société Perrier. Web. 5 June 2013. <http://societeperrier.com/us/new-york/toyin-odutola-captures-the-multitudes-within-our-skin>.
Warren, Tamara. "A Look At Toyin Odutola's 'My Country Has No Name' Exhibit." LIFE+TIMES. Web. 29 May 2013. <http://lifeandtimes.com/a-look-at-artist-toyin-odutolas-my-country-has-no-name-exhibit>.
"Toyin Odutola, 'My Country Has No Name'." Time Out: New York—Critic's Pick. Wednesday, 29 May 2013, illustrated.
Thorne, James. "Toyin Odutola 'My Country Has No Name'." Cool Hunting. Web. 16 May 2013. <http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/my-country-has-no-name-by-toyin-odutola.php>.
Miano, Léonora. "The Open Door of Paradise (an excerpt from 'Contours du jour qui vient,' 2006)." Translated by Michelle Chilcoat. Transition Magazine: An International Review. Issue 110, Indiana University Press, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute (2013): 90-99, illustrated.
Chun, Kimberly. "'The Moment for Ink': Show frees artist." San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate). 20 March 2013, illustrated. Web. 22 March 2013. <http://www.sfgate.com/art/article/The-Moment-for-Ink-Show-frees-artist-4371515.php>.
Cotter, Holland. “Reflections, '26 July, 4:50am’ by Toyin Odutola, Studio Museum in Harlem.” The New York Times. 4 January 2013, illustrated. Web. 3 January 2013. <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/04/arts/design/artworks-that-shine-in-new-york-museums.html>.
Chen, Abby. "Inkpossible: Kiki Smith, Nancy Chan, Toyin Odutola, Jonathan Tyler Skeleton Wallraven, and Xie Xiaoze." The Moment for Ink (exhibition catalogue). San Francisco: San Francisco State University in association with the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and the Silicon Valley Asian Art Center: 134–135, illustrated.
Singular Masses: An Examination of Racial Identity (exhibition catalogue). Memphis: Memphis College of Art, 2013: illustrated.
"30 Under 30: Art & Style." Forbes Magazine. 21 January 2013.
Smith, Rend. "Diary of a Creep." The New York Times, 5 January 2013: Sunday Review, Opinionator, illustrated.
Tallman, Susan. "Toyin Odutola at Tamarind". Art In Print. Web. 2012. <http://artinprint.org/index.php/edition-reviews/article/toyin_odutola>.
Rosen, Zach. "Redefining “Blackness”: An interview with Toyin Odutola." Africa is a Country. Web. 18 December 2012. <http://africasacountry.com/2012/12/18/redefining-blackness-an-interview-with-toyin-odutola>.
Bell, Alexandra. "Q&A: Toyin Odutola on Drawing, Chinese Art, and What It Really Means to Have a Big Head." The Village Voice. Web. 7 November 2012.
The Progress of Love (exhibition catalogue). Houston: The Menil Foundation, Inc. and The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. Distributed by Yale University Press: 84 - 85, illustrated.
Adusei, Adwoa. "Toyin Odutola: From Quiet Subtleties Come Shared Revelation." Fore (exhibition catalogue). New York: The Studio Museum in Harlem: 72, illustrated.
Lane, Nancy L. "Lasting Impressions: How, What and Why Great Collectors...Collect And How They Give Back." The International Review of African American Art (IRAAA). Volume 24, No. 1. Hampton University Museum (2012): 10, illustrated.
Patton, Sharon F. "Expanding the Aesthetic Horizon." The International Review of African American Art (IRAAA). Volume 24, No. 1. Hampton University Museum (2012): 44, illustrated.
Gilsdorf, Bean. "#Hashtags: Rejecting a Binary Argument with Toyin Odutola." Daily Serving. Web. 21 September 2012. <http://dailyserving.com/2012/09/hashtags-rejecting-a-binary-argument-with-toyin-odutola>.
Cure, Sarah. "It started with a ballpoint pen." The Hunstville Times. Tuesday, 5 June 2012: Frontpage, A6, illustrated.
Thomas, Hank Willis. "Top Ten." Artforum International (April 2012).
Spence, Rebecca. “Critics Pic—Toyin Odutola.” Art News (March 2012): 128, illustrated.
Ossei-Mensah, Larry. "Between the Lines." ARISE Magazine, no. 13 (August 2011): 22-23, illustrated.
Abiola, Yomi. "Toyin Odutola - Vogue.it." - Vogue.it. Vogue, 9 June 2011. Web. 16 June 2011. <http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black/the-black-blog/2011/06/toyin-odutola>.
Chtena, Natascha. "Interview with artist Toyin Odutola." Think Africa Press. Web. 30 May 2011. <http://thinkafricapress.com/blog/interview-artist-toyin-odutola>.
Smalls, Lola. “Toyin Odutola.” Greedmont Park Magazine, no. 4 (Fall 2011): 11–13, illustrated.
Warren, Tamara. "Sink Into the Ink." LIFE+TIMES. Web. 23 September 2011.
Cotter, Holland. “Museum and Gallery Listings for June 17–23, Toyin Odutola: ‘Maps’ at Jack Shainman Gallery.” The New York Times. 16 June 2011. Web. 17 June 2011.
Extended CV — PDF copy of full resume here.